Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative

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In loving memory of Christina Sergeant – a dearly missed actor, director, drama educator and dear friend, SDEA introduces the Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative.

Each year, five complimentary passes worth up to SGD$500 each to SDEA events, masterclasses or training programmes will be offered to local and foreign theatre practitioners and drama educators.

The Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative is open to theatre practitioners and drama educators who are Singaporean citizens, permanent residents or foreigners.

Application dates is subject to change without prior notice. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email.

Press Release: SDEA launches the Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative for theatre practitioners and drama educators

The Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA) announced today that each year, five complimentary passes worth up to SGD$500 each to SDEA events, masterclasses or training programmes will be offered to local and foreign theatre practitioners and drama educators.

“The arts is one of the most exciting industries as disciplines often intersect, provoking new discoveries that will enhance practice. Like the meaning of the word initiative, we want this to be a start for freelance practitioners and educators to make professional development a regular part of their lives. Freelancers who are often paid on an hourly basis, think twice or thrice before they commit to any form of professional development as they not only fork out their own money, but forgo income to attend classes. We hope this initiative not only alleviates financial strain, but remind practitioners and educators that they have to plan ahead to regularly hone their skills.” said Harris Jahim ex-SDEA Committee member who heads this project.

The initiative is named after Christina Sergeant, one of the founding members of SDEA who passed away in 2013, leaving the theatre and arts industry in shock. Tina, as she was affectionately known, was an actor, director and drama educator who had a firm place in the theatre and education community. Many of her students have gone on to do well locally and abroad.

Tina volunteered much time with SDEA and sat on the committee to advocate for the association’s mission to use drama in various sectors of community and to promote professional development amongst practitioners. She also stepped in to conduct workshops for SDEA, generously sharing her knowledge so that others could progress in their work. Tina also regularly attended talks, workshops and masterclasses to enhance her own skills and knowledge.

“Tina sat on the SDEA committee since the association started and passed away while she was still in office. We named the initiative after her because we wanted to remember a dear friend and colleague, and her practice of constantly learning and giving back to the community she belonged to.” added Peggy Ferroa, ex-Vice-President of SDEA.

The Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative is opened to theatre practitioners and drama educators who are Singaporean citizens, permanent residents or foreigners.

For more information about the Initiative or SDEA, please call 63456997 or email to projects@sdea.org.sg.